Feb 21, 2013 7:00am PST
can't do this to the pentagon, you're going to endanger or national security. bill crystal said to do this would be deeply irresponsible, but you're seeing the economic wing of the party, the never raise taxes wing of the party is winning this argument. we're seeing a republican party that's clarifying the priorities for us. essentially saying lower spending and lower taxes are more important than the levels of defense spending that national security conservatives want. i think that's fascinating. >> the other fascinating thing i foul about this poll, and you can interpret numbers almost any way you want, i was shocked tore 22% in this poll considered themselves republicans, chris. i mean, is there a messaging problem here? >> i think so. i think republicans are trying to be the party of responsibility and they're trying to say we have a spending problem, we need to move this forward. that's a generally popular message until you start cutting people where they can feel it. i think both sides are wondering how much do people feel it? when you have this game of political chicken, i thin
Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
to most americans has really grown exponentially. ten years ago the pentagon had 50 drones. today it's 7,500. a third of the air force's fleet unmanned. u.s. military carried out 447 drone attacks in afghanistan in the first 11 months in 2012. 294 total in all of 2011. what's behind this drone explosion, if you will? >> well, i think that drones are sort of irresistible for a policymaker, for a president who is worried about protecting the country but also, you know, a president who in many ways was formed politically by the experiences in iraq and afghanistan, at least as far as his foreign policy views, who doesn't want to see dangerous, costly, bloody military entanglements in far away nations. drones are surgical. they're cheap. you can have a pretty high degree of accuracy. it is true that there have been numerous civilian casualties, but relative to any other technology we have short of sending in, you know, an assassin with a sniper rifle which in many cases just isn't practical, drones are the best way to sort of take the enemy off the battlefield. they don't cost a lot of money.